There are several great things that come with spring, including warmer temperatures and the ability to spend a greater amount of time outside. But one thing that can throw a wrench into enjoying the season is the presence of allergens. From runny noses to itchy eyes, seasonal allergies can be a pest to any of your family members. And when you wake up with these symptoms instead of feeling like you’ve had a restful night’s sleep, you’re going to want identify a solution.
And while we typically think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can be present within your house. Many homeowners have become increasingly interested in their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s difficult to remove those allergens from the outdoors, there are steps you can take to decrease these contaminants in your home.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) identifies the following as the main sources of indoor allergens:
- Wall-to-wall carpet
- Soft furniture
- Stuffed toys
- Damp areas
- Indoor plants
- Mattresses without allergy covers
- Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water
The AAFA also shares a few steps to help you manage allergens in your home.
- Put plastic covers on your pillows and mattresses.
- Wash your bedding weekly.
- Vacuum once or twice a week.
- Cover your garbage cans.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom.
- Close the windows and doors to keep pollen from flowing into the home.
Keeping your home clean and minimizing the opportunity for dust, pollen and other contaminants to enter the home will go a long way to increasing your home comfort. Put a plan in place so that you can prepare your home and get back to enjoying the warmer temperatures.
Don’t make this allergy season more difficult than it needs to be. If you would like additional information on how you can increase your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have any questions on how to address the quality of air in your home, give Freed Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 309-323-9584 to speak with one of our professionals.